Bayou Violet - Wood Violet - Sand Violet
Violet langloisii (Greene) =Viola affinis (LeConte)
Syn: V. Sororia
Violet Family

The plant is also known as Langlois Violet and is often mistaken for the Common Wood Violet, V. floridana.

Bayou Violet is a stemless perennial with conspicuous rhizomes. Its preferred habitat is moist hardwood areas, swamps, and valleys. Distribution in the Escambia region is throughout.

The leaves are heart-shaped (cordate) to 3 inches long, smooth. The margin is toothed near the tip with 10 to 14 teeth.

The flowers are purple to pale blue, 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide, bilaterally symmetrical. The flower stalks are equal to or slightly taller than the leaves. The lateral petals are bearded, the lower petals are spurred. Flowers occur in the spring (March-May).

Fruit is a capsule.

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